His platform aims at pulling the ruling Democrat Liberal Party closer to the right-wing. Boc calls for fair competition, rejects rumours that he will quit PM job.
Democrat Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister Emil Boc will officially announce his candidacy for a second term as party president on Monday at 1 p.m., sources quoted by Mediafax said. It is widely expected that his main and possible only rival in the race, PDL Secretary General Vasile Blaga, will announce his candidacy on the same day, under a decision made by the two rivals in order to show that they are taking part in a civilised and fair competition. Boc is credited with the highest chances to win the May 14 Convention election, as he is supported by most local organisations and was endorsed by President Traian Basescu as well.
In a Tuesday evening meeting with PDL lawmakers who support him, Boc reportedly announced that his platform for re-election would be called “The right-wing team for a strong Romania.” During the meeting, he made a brief presentation of his platform and underlined that the text is close to being completed. He also invited MPs to come up with suggestions and ideas for the text, according to other sources quoted by Realitatea.net. “The prime minister thanked us for our strong backing and presented us some ideas from his platform,” the sources said. They added that the main change in the platform has to do with the party’s doctrine. While PDL is currently described as a centre-right party at the moment, Boc plans to pull the organisation closer to the right-wing spectrum and therefore assume pure right-wing measures, the sources added.
Besides talks on ideology, the prime minister also asked his supporters to avoid any conflicts with his rival Blaga’s camp. The same message was conveyed by Vice President Ioan Oltean, who initially supported Blaga in the race but then moved by Boc’s side.
The reports were confirmed by Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara, who said about 100 of the party’s lawmakers attended the meeting with Boc. “The prime minister detailed a few points in his strategy for PDL leadership election, his political vision on the country’s development programme, economic revival, and launched the idea of an honest competition, without attacks,” Tabara told Mediafax.
Boc not thinking of resignation
Meanwhile on Tuesday evening, Boc told Realitatea TV that he is not thinking about resigning as prime minister at the moment and refuted rumours that President Basescu asked him to. Boc underlined that “in theory,” a prime minister’s term runs for four years, on condition he benefits from political support. A few months ago, party sources said that Basescu urged Boc to resign as PM and instead offered him guarantees that he would win a second term as PDL leader. The reports came as the president started pleading for the possibility of bringing a technocrat as prime minister, in order to help restore the government’s credibility. Most recent rumours suggested that Boc would leave the PM seat before Easter.
In his comments to Realitatea TV, Boc underlined that the government still has a majority in Parliament and voiced hope that the majority will be maintained until the end of term in 2012. When asked whether he would run for Cluj-Napoca mayor again, in case he stepped down from the helm of government, Boc replied negatively, saying that the city already has a very good mayor.
PDL Bucharest leader, Development and Tourism Minister Elena Udrea also told RFI yesterday that at the moment “there is no talk, no real talk with arguments” about replacing Boc. “There haven’t been any discussions on the matter since we analysed the idea of having an independent prime minister,” she said, adding that Boc could be replaced with an independent only “in theory.”